Short of the Week


Musical about Love in Live-Action
Nacho Vigalondo / 7 min / Spain / 2010

A woman enters a cafe only to find its diners in complete silence. Then… a man breaks into song. It’s a surprising, genre-bending film nominated for an Oscar in 2004.

Festival / December 27, 2010

The Portable Film Festival, an online festival with a number of categories from short films to music videos to art films, has just wrapped up and announced this year’s winners. Previous…

Playlist / December 26, 2010

Showcase of the 10 best short films from 2010—animation, action, drama, sci-fi—watch them all.

Documentary about Beauty in Animation
Bastien Dubois / 11 min / France / 2010

The Oscar-nominated animation about a journey across the geographic and cultural landscape of Madagascar.

Dramedy about Friendship in Stop-Motion
Kirsten Lepore / 5 min / USA / 2010

Separated by the sea, a unique duo pass along details of their lives through a bottle. An elegiac animation of minimalist perfection.

Festival / December 17, 2010

So in my rush to post the new PES film, I failed to realize it was just one in a series of top-notch releases by the premium cable giant, featuring…

Experimental about Nature in Stop-Motion
Pes / 2 min / USA / 2010

Animation master, PES, brings the deep sea to life using nothing but old tools.

Horror about Desperation in Live-Action
Peter Horn, Jared Marshall / 5 min / USA / 2010

It’s Christmas time and the zombies are out tearing into helpless co-workers in this innovative film shot entirely in the first-person.

Horror about Desperation in Live-Action
Jarrett Lee Conaway / 9 min / USA / 2010

Zombies are taking over the world but this clueless group of slackers is more interested in video games and the girl next door in this Horror/Comedy.

Action about Desperation in 3D Animation

Forbidden love sets off a wild chase between a deer-headed teenager and his girlfriend’s hunting father in this illustrative, action-packed film from Supinfocom students.

Action about Conquest in 3D Animation

Action-packed homage to the childhood games of yesteryear led by a shirtless avenger in boxers.

Festival / December 11, 2010

The Doorpost Project is the best online film competition out there. I realize that might not be saying much as the web is lousy with short film competitions. And I…

News Trailer / December 11, 2010

David O’Reilly (the creator behind Please Say Something, one of my favorite films of this year) has a new film The External World that has done well at festivals…

News / December 10, 2010

One of my personal favorite shorts, Soft, by British director Simon Ellis has come home to the internet. I reviewed the film in 2008, however the article at that…

Drama about Family in Live-Action
Corrie Jones / 17 min / Australia / 2010

Things get tense as a young boy struggles to accept his father’s disability.

Experimental about Human Nature in Live-Action
Christian Weber / 9 min / USA / 2010

An experimental look at the beautiful juxtaposition of technology and the body.

Branded Content Festival / December 3, 2010

I watched a ton of skate and surf movie as a kid growing up in the hotbed of alternative sports culture, Southern California. I was an accomplished if not…

Sci-Fi about Other Worlds in Special FX
Mamoru Oshii / 7 min / Japan / 2010

A female warrior battles an unstoppable foe in this sci-fi film from Ghost in the Shell creator Mamoru Oshii with an ending that’s difficult to explain.

Film Noir about Crime in Special FX
Andrew Jones / 8 min / USA / 2010

Reporter, Holly Malone, is out to bring down drug lord, Dancoolo, and break the story of her career. It’s a fan film masterpiece with the perfect mix of wacky characters, memorable one-liners, and over-the-top effects.

Drama about Love in Multi-Media
Gabriel Bisset Smith / 4 min / USA / 2010

A heart-breaking tale of love and loss told through a sequence of snapshots.

Documentary about Human Nature in
Jonas Odell / 13 min / Sweden / 2010

A triptych of personal stories recounted in the first person, Lies is a remarkable and profound series of animated vignettes dramatizing “lies”—ones we make to strangers, ones we tell to those we love, and the ones we use to convince ourselves.

Festival / November 19, 2010

We like reading up on animation festivals because more often than not you can find several of the winning short films online already. Ottawa International Animation Festival is North America’s…

Drama about Family in Live-Action
Chris Dundon / 18 min / UK / 2010

A teenager learns to cope socially with his brothers’ disability.

SOTW / November 16, 2010

More and more filmmakers are approaching us looking to get their film in front of a large online audience. And these recommendations are becoming a bigger portion of the films…

Dramedy about Love in Flash Animation
Barbara Benas / 4 min / USA / 2010

When a sensitive cowboy loses faith in this dark world, it takes a bit of kindness to bring him back.